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SUMMER 2016 A University of Kansas Libraries publication for alumni, friends, and benefactors



KU Libraries announce major gift from Ann Hyde

I am delighted to begin my work as the new dean of KU Libraries. I believe that the role of libraries is more important today than ever before, and that KU Libraries, with its superb staff and commitment to navigating the changing landscape ahead, are well positioned for this role. Before I introduce myself, I hope you will join me in thanking Kent Miller and Mary Roach for their leadership and service as interim co-deans. I am optimistic about the direction and future of the libraries because of the work that has taken place in recent years, and I look forward to working in partnership with Kent and Mary as they resume their roles as associate deans.

Ann Hyde showing off a collection at Kenneth Spencer Research Library. Image courtesy of University Archives and Lawrence Journal World.

The University of Kansas Libraries have received a major gift from former KU Librarian Ann Hyde. The estate gift of $655,000 was designated to support maintenance of the Kenneth Spencer Research Library. Hyde, who died in June 2014, was manuscripts librarian at Spencer Research Library before she retired in 2000. Her gift will provide funds for maintenance and improvements on the north side of the building to ensure preservation of valuable library materials.

– Beth Whittaker, assistant dean for distinctive collections and director of Kenneth Spencer Research Library



Ann's contributions as manuscripts librarian were integral in raising the profile of Spencer among the world's special collections libraries. We continue to benefit from her dilligent work in describing manuscripts, even as we move that work into the digital age.

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Now, a bit about me: I have worked in libraries for almost 25 years, and I decided fairly early in that time that I would attend law school, motivated by my growing interest in legal issues that arise for libraries. After I completed my law degree, I helped to create the office for copyright and scholarly communications at Duke University Libraries, and also taught in the Duke Law School and the UNC School of Information and Library Science. I am excited now to move back into library administration, and I am confident that this experience will serve the libraries at KU well. KU Libraries are an exceptional organization with an amazing reputation over the years, and I am honored by the opportunity to help write the next chapter in that record of success. Sincerely,

Kevin L. Smith, Dean of Libraries

Preserving the Phog • Generous unrestricted gift • Rossetti Collection • Field journals of James Bee


We are always excited to announce major gifts to KU Libraries—contributions that support the mission of the libraries to facilitate transformative learning. Ann Hyde’s gift, for example, a gift featured in this issue of Bibliophile, allows Spencer Research Library to obtain necessary updates to preserve our valuable collections. Despite these major gifts, funding is still needed to advance strategic priorities that ensure student success, contribute to the economic vitality of the state, and encourage discoveries that change the world. It is only with your help—and your future support—that we are able to advance research, teaching, and learning in Kansas and beyond.

KU Libraries launch crowdsourcing campaign to “Preserve the Phog” KU Libraries launched a crowdsourcing project to honor and remember the late Forrest “Phog” Allen, known as the “Father of Basketball Coaching” and creator of the NCAA Tournament. “Cordially yours, Forrest Allen: Preserving the legacy of the Phog” works to preserve memorabilia from the KU legend through the preservation and digitization of more than 66,000 Phog documents. “Creating a digital archive is state-of-the-art in today’s environment, guaranteeing the best means to make materials available for future generations,” said Becky Schulte, university archivist for KU Libraries. Allen is well known on KU’s campus for his vast contributions to Jayhawk basketball, winning 24 conference championships and three national titles. The University Archives at KU Libraries has a vast physical archive of Allen memorabilia, documents, and materials. The Allen Family has generously pledged $10,000 in support of the campaign. The campaign is quickly approaching $45,000 thanks to the Allen Family and numerous other generous gifts. Contributions to the campaign began at just $10, vastly expanding KU Libraries’ donor base. One thing has remained clear: diverse audiences care deeply about the mission of KU Libraries and preserving the “Father of Basketball Coaching.”

KU Libraries continue their partnership with the KU Alumni Association in 2016, as they work to share traveling exhibits with Jayhawks at events across the country. I hope to see you there to celebrate our proud past and tradition of academic excellence with other alumni who are helping to form a bright future for KU Libraries. I encourage you to learn more about supporting the libraries at Thank you! Sincerely, Debbie McCord KU Libraries Director of Development at KU Endowment

Debbie McCord, the development director for KU Libraries, has deep roots at KU, beginning 18 years ago at the KU School of Social Welfare, where she managed events and alumni relations. Now at KU Endowment, Debbie cultivates and stewards major gifts for the libraries and the School of Social Welfare. Feel free to contact her at or 785-832-7372.

Left: Phog Allen and family, 1963. Right: Forrest "Phog" Allen, 1928. Images courtesy of University Archives.

Luckily, it’s not too late to consider a donation. A gift to “Preserving the legacy of the Phog” enables a long-time KU Jawhawk to be remembered in a collective digital memory for KU students, fans, and friends to explore. To make a gift in support of this effort, please note “Phog” in the pledge card (to the right), or in the gift description box online via n

Bibliophile is published in print and online semi-annually by the University of Kansas Libraries for alumni, friends, and benefactors. Printing is paid for with private contributions. Dean of Libraries – Kevin L. Smith Editor – Rebecca Smith | Content – Meggie Mapes and LeAnn Meyer Design and production – Nikki Pirch | Creative Direction – Courtney Foat

Excerpts from the field journals of James William Bee. Images courtesy of the Bee Collection. Kenneth Spencer Research Library.

KU Libraries receive field journals of the late James William Bee Through the generosity of the Bee family, the University Archives at KU Libraries has received the field journals of the late James William Bee, renowned naturalist, longtime curator at the Dyche Museum of Natural History, and faculty member in KU’s Department of Systematics and Ecology—now called the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. During his long and active career, Bee conducted biological research in Alaska, Guatemala, Virgin Islands, Washington State, Utah, and Kansas, and he kept journals containing extensive field notes from 1927 through 1994. Notes include surveys of bird and mammal populations, as well as fossils and environmental annotations. The 47 donated journals also include exceptional drawings and photos. His observations from the early 1950s of what was then called the North Slope of Alaska, which today includes the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), are amazing for their depth and breadth.

“Jim’s efforts in northern Alaska have given KU the most original and best scientifically documented collections from this area,” said Dr. Robert Timm, a faculty member in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at KU, who knew Bee and has worked extensively with his specimens. “Researchers regularly use his documented specimens because they represent the pristine environment, what ANWR was like before the increase in human activities and modern oil exploration.” “The James Bee journals highlight the central role gifts play in building collections at Spencer Research Library,” said Beth Whittaker, assistant dean of distinctive collections. “Students and researchers can now consult these documents in the future, a reality made possible by the Bee family’s generosity.” To view the journals, visit Spencer Research Library during their normal business hours. For more information on Spencer and the University Archives, visit n

KU alumna to leave generous $50,000 unrestricted estate gift to KU Libraries KU alumna Barbara Thomas, now a Houston resident, has pledged to leave KU Libraries a generous $50,000 unrestricted estate gift. Thomas graduated from KU in 1955 with a bachelor of arts in English. “Students should use the libraries as much as possible,” said Thomas. “My aunt was a librarian, so I saw and experienced first hand the good work that librarians and libraries contribute. My aunt did a lot of good for a lot of people.” The unrestricted nature of Thomas’ gift gives the libraries flexibility in distribution. Unrestricted funds allow libraries to respond quickly to unseen challenges and adjust to the changing needs of students, faculty, staff, and community members alike. “Barbara’s generosity will support KU Libraries in advancing our mission and providing quality services and resources to our communities,” said Kevin L. Smith, dean of KU Libraries. “Unrestricted funds, in particular, grant us the necessary flexibility to enhance research, teaching and service.” n

Barbara Thomas, KU alumna (left), with Debbie McCord.

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Rossetti Family Collection now digitized

Left: Letter to "Dear Mrs. Rossetti" (Lucy Madox Brown Rossetti) from John Payne, pg. 1. Right: Photo of Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Images courtesy of the Rossetti Collection, Kenneth Spencer Research Library.

The University of Kansas Libraries have launched the Rossetti Family Collection, a new digital collection that features correspondence from the highly influential Rossetti family. The collection houses close to 300 individual letters and materials with 782 individual images, accessible for public browsing online.

– Scott Hanrath, assistant dean of Information Technology and Discovery Services



It's a success not just because we digitized the letters and made them available online, but because we made them more discoverable.

A British family of Italian descent, the Rossettis influenced literature and the arts during the second half of the nineteenth century. The collection gives insight into the family’s aesthetic endeavors, with principal

correspondents including painter, poet and founder of the Pre-Raphaelite movement in art, Dante Gabriel Rossetti; poet Christina Rossetti; and critic and biographer William Michael Rossetti. “The collection offers fascinating insight into the working lives and friendships of the Rossetti family, and the letters are often a good read to boot,” said Elspeth Healey, special collections librarian at Spencer Research Library. Digitizing the Rossetti correspondence highlights the innovative methods used by KU Libraries to make collections accessible. “It’s wonderful to provide wider access to these materials,” said Scott Hanrath, assistant dean of Information Technology and Discovery Services. “It’s a success not just because we digitized the letters and made them available online, but because we made them more discoverable.”  iew the complete Rossetti Family Collection at V n

Major gift from Ann Hyde (continued from cover)

“Ann was a valued and respected member of the KU Libraries team for many decades, and she loved her work,” said Beth Whittaker, assistant dean for distinctive collections and director of Spencer Research Library. “Ann’s contributions as manuscripts librarian were integral in raising the profile of Spencer among the world’s special collections libraries. We continue to benefit from her diligent work in describing manuscripts, even as we move that work into the digital age.” Ann’s generous gift complements a 2015 gift to the KU Libraries from the late Alexandra “Sandy” Mason, Spencer’s first librarian. Mason left a $1.03 million estate

gift to KU Endowment to benefit KU Libraries, and specifically, Spencer Research Library. Her gift established the Ann Hyde Fellowship for Medieval and Early Modern British and European Manuscripts in honor of her lifetime friend. Hyde’s estate gift counts toward Far Above: The Campaign for Kansas the university’s comprehensive fundraising campaign. Far Above seeks support to educate future leaders, advance medicine, accelerate discovery and drive economic growth to seize the opportunities of the future. n



KU Libraries' Throwback Thursday: KU Hall of Fame basketball player Clyde Lovellette in front of a Dairy Queen eating an ice cream cone, 1952. Image courtesy of University Archives.

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KU Libraries' Whitney Baker, head of conservation services, and Angela Andres, assistant conservator of special collections, tend to James Naismith's original rules of basketball during installation at the DeBruce Center. Images courtesy of KU Athletics.

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Bibliophile is published in print and online semi-annually by the University of Kansas Libraries for alumni, friends, and benefactors. Print...

Bibliophile, summer 2016  

Bibliophile is published in print and online semi-annually by the University of Kansas Libraries for alumni, friends, and benefactors. Print...